An example of Christian meddling suck

I really don’t have to editorialize any further than I have in the post title. Anyone who doesn’t think that Christopathy doesn’t threaten greater American society need only read this to receive a wake-up call.

The Alliance Defense Fund is seeking permission to intervene in a court decision ordering the Food and Drug Administration to sell the “Plan B” pill to minors.

The Plan B pill, otherwise known as the “morning-after pill,” is a very strong dose the same hormones used in oral contraceptive pills. Some doctors believe it could cause an abortion to an expectant mother. Matt Bowman is an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund.

“This is a case where pro-abortion activist groups have put their political agenda over the health of minors by attempting to force a court to expose them to a troubling drug,” he contends.

Bowman says there is no research on what potential medical problem the Plan B pill might cause for a minor. He adds that most minors who take the pill do so without parental knowledge.

First. let me say that I understand that groups like this one do not speak for most people who call themselves Christians. Even those who are personally opposed to birth control and drugs like Plan B would not interfere with the rights of others to use them. I’m targeting a particular, and virulent, subset of the flock with these observations.

With that out of the way: The claims made by the Alliance Defense Fund are, as usual, high-octane unadulterated bullshit. First of all, anyone who uses the term “pro-abortion” immediately discredits himself. No one likes abortion. But for a host of well-established reasons, the choice must remain.

As a result of a March court decision, 17-year-olds can buy Plan B over the counter. Girls under 17 can only get a prescription form of the drug, consisting of the synthetic progestin hormone levonorgesterel.

Beyond that, this idea that Plan B “could cause an abortion to an expectant mother” is screamingly incoherent. For one thing, Plan B is not an abortifacient–it prevents implantation from occurring at all. For another, how many expectant mothers–that is, pregnant women who hoped to carry to term–would take this drug? Do men sworn to celibacy seek prescriptions for Viagra?

Then there’s the implicit claim that particular risks to minors are likely to exist. This is asinine. All ovulating females would be expected to react to the same way to this medication. The idea that teenagers would tolerate a dose of Plan B more poorly than older women is nothing but special pleading aimed at achieving he ends of cross-eyed Bible-boppers. Besides, it’s not as though this is a maintenance drug–it’s a one-shot deal, for obvious reasons.

The Alliance Defense Fund is unabashedly interfering in women’s health issues, and doing so with the usual freshets of lies. If its members have an aversion to Plan B, then they can simply not take it, and they can shut the fuck up about what’s supposedly good for everyone else.

Of course, they’ll get nowhere with this from legal standpoint, but it’s the thought–and the intent–that counts. These people are assholes who remind the world of two unyielding truths: Christheads venture into areas where they don’t belong, and Christheads lie with aplomb.

  1. #1 by Sven on July 5, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    I’m gonna call you on this Kev. I am unabashedly pro-abortion. It’s a great invention and I am glad the option exists for all women/girls who need it.

  2. #2 by kemibe on July 5, 2009 - 7:22 pm

    OK, OK, I see your point. But the way the Christers use the term suggests that anyone in favor of abortion rights would, if they had their druthers, force all pregnant women to have abortions whether they wanted them or not. You have to bear in mind at all times the cognitive impairment that inflicts this fun-loving arm of the citizenry.

  3. #3 by cicely on July 5, 2009 - 9:02 pm

    I don’t think that they see that there’s a difference between contraception and abortion, in much the same way that many (most?) creationists don’t see that there’s a difference between evolution, and physical cosmology. And they aren’t much interested in learning the difference, either; the distinction is irrelevant to their world-view.

  4. #4 by kemibe on July 5, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    And even if they do acknowledge a difference, they’re usually opposed to both, so from a practical standpoint it doesn’t really matter (although their opposition to abortion is more strident).

  5. #5 by catgirl on July 6, 2009 - 1:09 pm

    Whatever the risks of this drug might be to 17-year-old women, I’m fairly certain that the risks of a complete pregnancy and childbirth are even greater. I don’t know the actual death rates from plan B, but it’s likely less than or equal to death rates from child birth, and also less than the death rates from an actual abortion. And of course death is only the worst possible outcome. If the drug caused nausea that lasted for weeks, fatigue, constipation, and back aches, it would still be less bad than a full pregnancy. So when these people claim that they only care about the health of teenagers, it’s really hard for me to take them seriously. I think they truly believe in the myth that if women don’t have access to Plan B, they’ll just stop having sex. Of course this is false and it also leaves out the issue of rape completely.

  6. #6 by kemibe on July 6, 2009 - 1:18 pm

    Those are excellent insights, catgirl–as a male I’m capable of little more than bitching on behalf of those who actually use Plan B, whereas you actually raise salient points ;o) (Your entire comment reduces in my mind to “It’s hard for me to take them seriously.”)

    The same “they won’t have sex if we increase the likelihood they’ll get pregnant” mentality driving opposition to Plan B is also responsible for the noises about Gardisil (the HPV vaccine). These people cannot get it through their heads that teenagers are going to screw, and ones raised in religious households are no exception. Take away sex education, condoms, OCP, vaccines, and emergency contraception and what you’re left with is not a chaste bunch of girls but a seething shitscape of unwanted pregnancies, disease, and ignorance.

    I’m confident the mortality rate from Plan B is virtually nil. If it weren’t, the Christers would be screaming from the churchtops about people dropping dead left and right from its use.

  7. #7 by Darth Mater on July 6, 2009 - 5:13 pm

    “17-year-old women”

    Is that kind of like “45-year-old girls”?

  8. #8 by kemibe on July 6, 2009 - 5:16 pm

    Hey, it’s all conditioning, man. When you’re on an Ivy League campus (or any campus in the Northeast), you quickly learn that if you don’t refer to any female old/tall enough to ride the roller coaster at Six Flags as a “woman,” someone will hound your ass.

  9. #9 by hopper3011 on July 7, 2009 - 2:32 am

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